2018 Mercedes-Benz C300 Estate Review - The 300

 

Ahead of an imminent refresh of the C-Class range, we drove a C300 estate which takes over from the C250 load lugger.

Words: Peter Louisson   |   Photos Tom Gasnier

That means the line-up consists now of a C200 Estate at $75,500 or this at $90,500 for the petrol powered wagons, while there’s a choice of two diesels also, a C220 or C250 d estate ($76,900 and $91,900, respectively). For the electrically inclined there’s a C350e, a PHEV at $99,400. And there’s the pair of AMG range toppers.

The C300 is thus middling on the performance and specification front in this comprehensive estate line-up.

There's enough to shove it to the open road legal limit in six seconds

Atop the C200 spec it adds 19-inch rims, leather-clad seats with a handy lumbar pump, privacy glass, comfort entry and pushbutton start, powered boot closing and active cruise control with stop and go. Safety enhancements include AEB, active lane keeping, blind spot monitoring, and reverse cross traffic alert. You’re well covered if it all goes south here.

With the C300 name you might expect a six potter but it’s actually a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbopetrol, making 180kW of power and 370Nm of torque. That’s enough to shove it to the open road legal limit in six seconds, though we never got a chance to confirm that. However, it felt that quick, even just using the milder of its two sport modes.

This offers a bit more pep in all circumstances but without locking out the higher gears, of which there are nine in total.


Keep things seemly in Comfort mode and it might just use fuel at a rate near to its claim of 6.7L/100km overall. The one aspect you or insignificant others might not gel with is the limited leg room in the rear seats.

If the kids are looking like they’re about to outgrow you, then this may not be the ideal estate. On the other hand, load carrying capacity is decent, at up to 1510L.

We bought a hybrid road bike during our time with the car and once we’d split folded the rear seats, and removed the solid cargo cover, the bike slipped in the load bay. Replacing the cargo blind is a bit of trick, until you remember which way up it goes, and then it’s easy, clicking into place smoothly.

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Lightweight it isn’t though. A ramble out into the country showed how well the fixed sports suspension works in this, aside from just a hint of slow speed ride indifference, unsurprising given the low profile nature of the PZero rubber on the elegant 19-inch rims, and the stiffer springs and dampers that are part of the AMG Line package fitted to the evaluation car (a $3490 option in this vehicle).

Other goodies in that package include a body kit, sports seats, pedals and steering wheel, bi-colour wheels and more.

Our car also featured a $1290 seat comfort package with heating, memory and further electrical adjustment. Rounding out the options, a $4490 vision package including a panoramic sunroof, adaptive LED headlights, 360-degree camera and head-up display.

In totes, around $250 change from six figures. One other to consider is the A4 Avant Sport, a little more expensive but with the benefit of AWD.